On The Mental Illumination And Moral Improvement Of Mankind; Or An Inquiry Into The Means By Which…

Paperback | January 16, 2012

byThomas Dick

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1845. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... might be comfortably employed. And, while misery would thus be prevented, and happiness diffused, improvements might be carried on to an indefinite extent, the physical aspect of our globe might be transformed into a scene of beauty and fertility, and "the desert made to rejoice and blossom as the rose." In the cases now alluded to, and in many other respects, much requires to be effected, before society be thoroughly improved, and before the scene of external nature be decorated with all the beauties and conveniences of which it is susceptible. But such improvements ought not to be engaged in, merely from the sordid views of deriving pecuniary profits; but from a desire to do good to our fellow-men; to remove nuisances both from the physical and moral world, to embellish the city, and the country, and to promote the general advancement of society, in knowledge and virtue. It is evident, then, that were such views of the application of wealth to pervade general society, or were even a few opulent individuals to act in accordance with them, an important change would soon take place in the aspect, both of the physical and the moral world. Those scenes of squalid misery and destitution, which are now to be seen in every city, town, and village; those pitiable objects that swarm in our markets and fairs, in our streets and highways; and those wretched cellars and hovels, unfit for the abodes even of the lower animals, now inhabited by human beings, would ere long disappear from the world. The cries of misery, and the voice of mourning and sorrow, would be changed into the voice of cheerfulness, and into songs of thanksgiving and joy. Every returning year, new beauties, conveniences, and improvements, would be seen rising to view in every corner of the land; and harm...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1845. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... might be comfortably employed. And, while misery would thus be prevented, and happiness diffused, improvements might be carried on to...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.46 inPublished:January 16, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217266223

ISBN - 13:9780217266222

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